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Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies
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by in Sep 2009

For truly “green” cleaning products, try these home remedies that use common kitchen food itemsmayonnaise, vinegar, and baking soda — as the basic cleaning elements.

Mayonnaise

1. Mayonnaise is one of the best substances for cleaning pine pitch, grease, or tar off your hands. Rub it on, let it sit for a few minutes, and clean off the spot.

2. Remove crayon marks from furniture by rubbing mayonnaise on them. Let it sit for a minute or so, then wipe with a damp cloth.

3. If the flannel backing from a tablecloth sticks to a table, remove the flannel from the tabletop by applying mayonnaise liberally to the area. Let it soak in for an hour, then wipe it off with paper towels or a soft cloth.

4. Road tar on your beautiful car? Mayonnaise will take it off without hurting the finish. Rub it onto the car and let it set for a few minutes, then wipe off.

5. To remove the residue from tape or labels on glass, saturate the sticky part with mayonnaise, oil, or peanut butter, then wash and rinse.

White Vinegar

1. Before warm weather hits, clean your air-conditioner filter. Take the foam filter out of the grill and soak it for an hour or more in a solution of equal parts white vinegar and warm water, then squeeze dry and replace.

2. Clean hairbrushes with the most logical cleaner: shampoo. Scrub it into the bristles, rinse with water, then rinse with white vinegar to remove any soap residue. Your hairbrush will be squeaky clean!

3. Clean painted woodwork with a solution of 1/2 cup white vinegar, 1 cup ammonia, 1/4 cup baking soda, and 1 gallon of lukewarm water. No rinsing is necessary with this solution.

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3 Responses to Make Your Own Cleaning Supplies

  1. Patricia Goodwin January 19, 2010 at 10:06 am #

    PLEASE remember boiled linseed oil is highly flammable.

  2. Denise Mayer January 26, 2010 at 3:11 pm #

    I think I remember reading, years ago, that mayonnaise would lift water rings from wood-anyone know if it really works?

  3. Ceil Petrucelli July 5, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Yes, it does work!

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